Friday, August 24, 2018

Final Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Of 2018 At Southpoint Park Tonight Showing Disney's A Wrinkle In Time - Gorgeous East River Waterfront Views, Food Vendors And A Movie

The sixth and final in the series of 2018 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movies at Southpoint Park

 Image Of June 22 Outdoor Movie Showing of Wonder Woman at Southpoint Park

 takes place tonight Friday August 24 with the showing of Disney's A Wrinkle In Time.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

The Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series' showing of A Wrinkle In Time at Southpoint Park, is tonight, August 24 at 7 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Verizon who will donate raffle and game prizes as well as opportunities, at their hospitality booth, to win up to $30,000 of Fios and smart home tech.

Admission is free and pets are welcome in the park. Pre-movie activities include contests and prizes, food vendors; a state-of-the-art sound system, music and a 30-foot-premium screen.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No F Train Service From Manhattan - Both Tram Cabins Operating And NYC Ferry Has More RI Service

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train Service from Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 10:45 PM Fri, Aug 24 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 27 F Jamaica-bound trains run via the A from Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn to Canal St, Manhattan and via the E to Roosevelt Av, Queens

Jamaica-bound service is not available along the line from York St in Brooklyn to 21 St-Queensbridge in Queens.
STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asks:
No idea.

Arrested - Roosevelt Island Resident Surrenders To NYPD 114 Precinct Early This Morning And Admits Firing Gunshots At Upper East Side Building From Waterfront Promenade

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

NYPD and PSD Chief Jack McManus announced early Friday morning that 22-year-old Roosevelt Island resident Farris Koroma surrendered to authorities at the 114th Precinct in Astoria. He admitted to being the suspect wanted in last week's random shootings at a Manhattan luxury high-rise apartment building. He was charged with reckless endangerment, possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse adds:
More info from prior posts.

UPDATE 12:15 PM - More on the suspect.
and report from Channel 7 Eyewitness News.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park Closed Tomorrow Morning And Afternoon For Filming New FBI Crime Never Sleeps TV Series - Don't Be Alarmed, Actors Portraying Law Enforcement Handling Weapons In Park & Coler Hospital Roof

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports:

Lighthouse Park will be closed tomorrow, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., to allow for the filming of scenes for a new television series "FBI" from Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolfe. The actors - playing undercover law enforcement officers handling weapons - will be shooting scenes in the park, in Coler Hospital and on the hospital's roof.

Set amid the fast-paced action of the Bureau's largest field office in New York, "FBI" - which will air on Tuesdays this Fall at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access - explores the inner workings of elite crimefighting as a team of highly-skilled agents fight against terrorism, organized crime, and much more...
Here's the trailer for series.


The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reacts:

NYPD Releases Video Of Man Shooting Gun From Roosevelt Island Promenade Aimed At Upper East Side Building Across East River

You can see the gunshot muzzle flashes at beginning of video and then the two individuals walk south along the Roosevelt Island promenade.

As reported yesterday, a $2500 reward is being offered for info on these individuals.
More info at these previous posts.

Sponsored Post - NYC Emergency Management Dep't Wants You To Know Your Hurricane Zone, Be Ready And Be Prepared - Roosevelt Island Is Zone 2 & 3 - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Community Emegency Management Plan Forum Sept 20

The New York City Emergency Management Department wants you to be prepared and Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

According to the NYC Emergency Management Department:
To mark the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the New York City Emergency Management Department ...  launched a new phase of the Know Your Zone hurricane awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether they live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. The 2018 Know Your Zone campaign includes new video public service announcements (PSAs) demonstrating that New Yorkers have the power to prepare for hurricanes by knowing the hazards they may face, having a plan, and staying informed.

“Start preparing for hurricane season now so you’ll be ready long before a hurricane threatens New York City,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Find out whether you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and make an emergency plan with your family by visiting or calling 311."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued its 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook with forecasters predicting a near or above-normal season. NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74+ mph), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111+ mph).

To help raise awareness of hurricane season, Know Your Zone advertisements will be displayed on bus shelters and Link NYC kiosks and will run in newspapers throughout the five boroughs beginning in June. Through the Know Your Zone campaign, NYC Emergency Management aims to reach the roughly three million New Yorkers living within the city’s hurricane evacuation zones. Areas of the city subject to storm surge flooding are divided into six evacuation zones (1 through 6) based on risk of storm surge flooding. The City may order residents to evacuate depending on a hurricane’s track and projected storm surge.

New Yorkers should take key steps to prepare for the start of hurricane season
  • Know your zone – Find out whether you live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones. Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) to find out if your address is located in an evacuation zone. If you live in an evacuation zone, have a plan for where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area.
  • Know what to do – Make a plan so you know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. Use the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan at, or use the Ready NYC mobile application, available for smartphones and tablets.
  • Stay informed – Sign up for Notify NYC to receive free emergency notifications and updates via email, phone, SMS/text, or Twitter. Messages are also available in American Sign Language (ASL). Get the free mobile application, visit, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
Roosevelt Island is located in Hurricane Zones 2

Image From NYC OEM

and 3.

Image From NYC OEM

Most of Roosevelt Island,

Image From NYC OEM

including all of the residential buildings and Cornell Tech campus, are located in Zone 3.

Coler Hospital,

Image From NYC OEM

Lighthouse and FDR Four Freedoms Park are located in Zone 2.

Be Ready

and Prepared.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Emergency Management Plan Forum set for Sept. 20

WHO: The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Safety Department

WHAT: Will host an open community forum to present the Island’s Emergency Management Plan

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, N.Y.

WHY: The forum is to inform residents of the basic emergency plan that outlines responsibilities and procedures that will be implemented – to protect life and property - in the event of a natural or man-made disaster on Roosevelt Island.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Update On Roosevelt Island Gunshots Aimed At Upper East Side Building - NYPD Offers $2500 Reward For Info And Manhattan Park Management Adds Roving Security Personnel

As reported last Monday:

A tipster reported gunshots were heard in the vicinity of Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park building complex at 30 River Road early Saturday morning.

 Another resident reported:
...anyone else have police officers knock on their door asking about gunshots fired Friday night/Saturday morning?

... According to a NYPD spokesperson, an earwitness:
... heard 5 shots coming from rear of 30 River Road at about 1:10 am Saturday.

Investigation is ongoing
No injuries reported and no arrests have been made....
Today, the NYPD 119 precinct, which covers Manhattan's Upper East Side, offered a $2500 reward for information on the Roosevelt Island gunshots incident.
Today, I asked the Manhattan Park building management:
Any comment from Manhattan Park management regarding the NYPD investigation of gunshots believed to have come from Manhattan Park?...

... I've heard comments from residents who are very concerned about security precautions, or lack thereof, at Manhattan Park including background checks on occupants. Also residents have complained about what they say are many illegally divided apartments with a rotation of temporary occupants.
A Manhattan Park Spokesperson replied:
In response to the recent news reports, please know that the safety and security of our residents is our first priority.

Manhattan Park Management is cooperating fully with NYPD detectives during their investigation which is ongoing. We are coordinating with NYPD for them to conduct an informational session for residents at the Manhattan Park Theater Club.

We are making every effort to ensure the safety and security of our residents is addressed. After consulting with our security advisors, we have directed our security firm to add additional roving security personnel on an interim basis, while NYPD is conducting their investigation.

No further comment as this is an open police investigation.
Stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE 8:21 PM  - NYPD is seeking to identify individuals seen in video below.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

RIOC Seeking Applications For Roosevelt Island Artist In Residence Program - Offering 3 Year Grant At $38,000 Per Year To Manage Free Arts Work Space And Curate Programs

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (“RIOC”) seeks to provide a grant to a New York City-based arts 501(c)(3) non-profit with the appropriate experience, qualifications, and capacity to help create and operate an Artist-In-Residence program including to enhance the artistic and musical community events and exhibits on Roosevelt Island. RIOC seeks to create a cohesive art program woven into the diverse Roosevelt Island community.

The grant term will be three (3) years, in the amount of $38,000 per year.

Duties will include:
  1. Creation of a rotating subsidized workspace program. RIOC is creating a studio* to provide selected artists a free work space. The grantee will provide daily management and oversight of artists working in the studio and will also use its arts experience to cultivate and manage interest in the workspace program.
  2. Curation and oversight of the annual Roosevelt Island Fall for Arts Festival.
  3. Curation and Oversight of the Motorgate Gallery.
  4. Recruitment of artists willing to donate art to Roosevelt Island and/or perform on Roosevelt Island.
  5. Coordinate exhibitions with artists, promote such exhibitions to the arts community (in coordination with RIOC), and be present for such exhibitions.
RIOC recognizes the strong presence of public art on Roosevelt Island. Recent installations include:
  • FDR Four Freedoms Park – designed by Louis Kahn;
  • The Blue Dragon – designed by Ulla and Gustav Kraitz;
  • The Good Shepherd Community Center streetscape and plinth installation – currently featuring the work of Michael Poast;
  • The Motorgate Gallery – featuring the work of various artists who volunteered time, effort and passion at RIOC’s annual Fall for Arts Festival;
  • The WPA-commissioned murals, removed from the former Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility and reinstalled in the Cornell Tech buildings.
The Request For Applications will be published on the RIOC website under competitive grants at on September 5, 2018.
Image Of Plinth Sculpture at Good Shepherd Plaza

During the June 6, 2018 unveiling ceremony of Roosevelt Island Plinth sculpture at Good Shepherd Plaza, 

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal announced plans

for a Roosevelt Island Art Trail and thanked our local Gallery RIVAA for its contribution to the Roosevelt Island art scene.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Gunshots Reportedly Heard 1 AM Last Saturday Morning At Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park Complex - NYPD 114 Precinct Investigating

A tipster reported gunshots were heard in the vicinity of Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park building complex at 30 River Road

early Saturday morning.

Another resident reported:
...anyone else have police officers knock on their door asking about gunshots fired Friday night/Saturday morning?
I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
I’ve received reports that gunshots were heard at Manhattan Park by residents last Friday night/Saturday morning and that PSD and NYPD officers investigated.

Is that true?

What happened.

Any statement from Rioc in matter.
According to a NYPD spokesperson, an earwitness:
... heard 5 shots coming from rear of 30 River Road at about 1:10 am Saturday.

Investigation is ongoing
No injuries reported and no arrests have been made.

Will update when more info available.

If you have info on this incident, please contact RIOC Public Safety Department or the NYPD 114 precinct.

UPDATE 8/21 - The NY Post reports that the gunshots were aimed from Roosevelt Island at an apartment building across the River on East 72nd Street.
According to the NY Post:
Residents of a swanky Upper East Side high-rise have 24-hour gated entry, a heated indoor pool, breathtaking views of the river — and bullets whizzing through their windows.

A mystery gunman is shooting up apartments at One East River Place from clear across the water on Roosevelt Island, law enforcement sources told The Post....
... Cops were puzzled by the source of the gunfire until they realized the timing of the second shooting matched up with two 911 calls reporting shots heard coming from another apartment building — about 1,400 feet across the East River on Roosevelt Island, sources said.

Investigators “think it’s some a–hole standing on a balcony shooting across the river,” a high-ranking NYPD insider said....
UPDATE 7:50 PM - Channel 7 ABC News reports this evening on the Roosevelt Island gunshots.

UPDATE 8/22 - NYPD is offering a $2500 reward for info and Manhattan Park management issues statement here.